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Architecture in Porto

November 6, 2017

Good morning everyone and welcome to another week. I hope you are still enjoying seeing as much of Porto as I did, just a few more posts to endure if you’ve had your fill already lol.

Just a ponder today on some of the beautiful architectural details I spotted a few weeks ago. Such a wild mix of styles, classical, deco, nouveau and at time a little bizarre !

I found the rich layers of gold and guilt work in the churches, far too much for me. Classical and Baroque overkill as far as I’m concerned.

Some wonderful buildings as part of the main shopping streets.

This veranda caught my eye as did the strange little flourishes on the glass domes on numerous rooftops across the city, I can only think they might be used to allow extra light into stairwells etc.. anyone else know what these structures are for ?

Some fab door details, scrolled ironwork and architecture.

A handy knocker !

This pink door can only be used by local pixies, as the top of it came up to my chest height !

Lovely weather worn carvings in this church doorway.

This impressive statue ” The Monument to the Heroes of the Peninsular War ” site in the middle of the large rotunda in the Boavista district of Porto. Despite being in the middle of a busy round-a-bout the monument is set in a peaceful tree-lined garden.

The statue celebrates the Portuguese and British victory against the French forces of Napoleon during the 1808-1814 Peninsular War. Set atop the impressive column is a lion, representing the Portuguese and British, dominating an eagle, representing the forces of Napoleon.

The figures at the base create a real sense of the tortures of war and the struggles during this period.

A few beautiful staircases spotted on my travels.

One of my  favourite stop offs was in the Cafe de Paris. Filled to the brim with vintage memorabilia of old toys, cameras, lamps, soda streams and hundred of other bits and bobs. Great food, atmosphere and a free pianist thrown in with your glass of Port !

What’s not to like lol.

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  1. Deirdre O'Sullivan from Australia permalink
    November 6, 2017 7:16 pm

    You have the true artist’s eye for detail – you notice things that most other people don’t.
    You know, those apathetic people who just shrug, when you get excited about a bird or a building, or a cloud, or a beautiful tree? The shruggers are everywhere! Clearly, you will never be one of those.
    It’s a lovely way to view the world – thanks for sharing your observations with us!
    By the way, I agree with you about the Baroque – way over the top, with all those irritating, little golden cherubs! Those interiors remind me of someone slathering far too much icing and whipped cream over a cake, and not knowing when to stop – it’s rather nauseating – enough with the gilded plaster and swooning angels, already!

    • November 8, 2017 9:24 am

      Thank you Deidre for your lovely comments. So pleased to know that I’ll never be a shrugger and as you appreciate the difference, assume you’ll never be one either. It’s the little details that sometimes enhance life’s bigger picture for me. Small can indeed be more beautiful. ☺

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